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Published 28 May 2024

The New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research seeks new Associate Editors

The New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research is seeking energetic, qualified, and committed researchers to join our editorial team as Associate Editors.


The New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research (NZJAR) is an international journal publishing scientific articles on all aspects of animal and pastoral science relevant to temperate and subtropical regions. As the official journal of the Royal Society Te Apārangi, it is published six times a year in partnership with Taylor & Francis. It has achieved strong performance in key metrics, with a current Impact Factor of 1.8 (Clarivate Analytics, 2023) and a record CiteScore of 4.8 (Scopus, 2023). In 2023, NZJAR papers were downloaded 261,586 times by readers around the world.

To build on our success and manage the increasing number of global submissions, we are refreshing our editorial board. We are looking for dynamic researchers to join NZJAR’s editorial team.

Candidates should be active, publishing researchers who are well-connected both within New Zealand and internationally. We aim for our editorial team to reflect the diversity of New Zealand's research community.

We seek expertise in the following areas:

Agricultural science, soil science, fertilisers, insect pests, plant pathology, weeds, forage crops, management systems, agricultural economics, agronomy, animal science, microbiology, as well as interdisciplinary areas, such as land–water interactions.

The responsibilities for Associate Editor include: 

  • Managing the peer-review and final decision process for approximately five manuscripts per year in a fair, timely, and thorough way.
  • Identifying themes for Special Issues which you might also help to organise and/or guest-edit.
  • Contributing at least one paper for publication during each term of your service.
  • Attracting new authors and submissions.
  • Advising on journal policy and scope.
  • Acting as an advisor in the case of complex publishing ethics discussions when needed.
  • Promoting the journal to peers and colleagues and representing the journal at conferences.  

To be considered for the position, you will have: 

  • A strong track record of peer-reviewed publications (considered in relation to career stage);
  • A good network of contacts within relevant fields in your region and overseas;
  • Hold an advanced degree (PhD or equivalent) in agriculture or related fields;
  • Interest in digital communication and publishing trends;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • The ability to organise, prioritise, and focus;
  • The ability to read and assess the novelty, context and implications of research submitted to the journal from different areas of this discipline;
  • A willingness to meet researchers on various occasions, learn more about them and their research, and help them to learn more about us;
  • The ability to work cooperatively with fellow editors of the journal. 

Term and Remuneration: 

The first term of appointment will be 2 years, renewable thereafter to another 2 years under mutual agreement.  

Associate Editors receive an honorarium for each manuscript handled.

How to apply: 

Applicants should submit a two page-CV and a one-page cover letter describing why you are interested in the job and how your skills, knowledge, and background would contribute to the journal. 

Please send your application by email to Publish@royalsociety.org.nz

The editorial team is committed to advancing gender equality and promoting diversity. 

Closing date: 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until 30 June 2024; therefore early applications are encouraged. We regret that only successful candidates will be contacted by the Editorial team.

Source: Royal Society Te Apārangi